The Eye Of A Photographer
What exactly is that?
What exactly is that?
The Eye of a photographer is what Kat has us looking at in our latest assignment for Finding Your Eye: Journey of Fascination. She asked us to find an object, photograph it, study it, sketch it, and then photograph it again. Sketching helps us to look more closely at the shape, light, shadows, lines, and details.
I chose a vintage spool of thread, sat it on the table in front of me, and studied it. Then I grabbed my camera and took a few shots from different angles. I found myself focusing on the wooden spool.
Then, I sketched it. I worked on the shape of the spool and the lines of thread, then I began sketching the label. That’s when my eyes began to see more. I saw the smudges of age, the tears in the paper, the jagged hole that was punched out as the spool was put on a sewing machine spindle, the words, and the numbers. I began to see the tiny details.
I'm not going to apoligize for my sketch. It is what it is; a sketch by a person who knows very little about drawing. I've been reading a lot of discussions about apologizing for our art work. In fact I've already peeked at our next assignment with Kat and you'll be hearing more about that in a future post! Kat's assignments have not only played a big part in my growth as a photographer, they have also made me braver!!
My sketch makes me think of when I was in the seventh grade. I was supposed to be in choir, but my schedule was messed up and I was in an art class. I remember the teacher watching me trying to draw a picture of a vase and making the comment, with a smile, that she thought I was better suited for choir than art. She was nice about it and I definitely agreeded!! I don’t know who was more relieved when the mistake was corrected; me or the teacher!
I'm rambling! I'd better get back to this assignment. When I took the images of the spool before I sketched it, I was focused on the spool itself. When I took the images after I sketched it, I was intriqued by something totally different...the label. I positioned the end of the spool in better light and focused on the label. The act of sketching made me see the object differently.
I have a sketch book, but I've only used three pages in it. I'm going to change that and sketch more often to train my eyes to see things more than one way.
To me a photographer’s eye is:
seeing with the eyes and heart,
looking for the best light and angle, and
capturing what I've seen in a pleasing photo.
No matter what camera you use,
it is not the camera
but your artistic eyes
who makes the photograph.
~ Taga Creekside